HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Robert William “Bill” Knapp, 74, of Hermitage, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in his home on Miller Road, surrounded by his family, following a long battle with illness and cancer.
On April 2, 1945, Bill was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, a son to Dale Arner and Viviane Seelbaugh. He was a long-time resident of South Florida, later wintering there for many years until his health declined.
In his early years, Bill attended Grove City Schools.
He married his second wife, Linda (Lunn) Harton on August 30, 1968.
He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, in field artillery, where he earned a Sharpshooter Rifle Badge for the M14.
Bill was a painter throughout his whole life, owning his own business for many years, retiring in 2002 due to illness.
Bill had a passion for hunting arrowheads and Indian artifacts, particularly in the freshly plowed fields of the Pennsylvania Dutch. He was an accomplished atl-atl and hatchet thrower, receiving awards in these competitions at the Native Indian pow wows in Flint Ridge, Ohio. Bill was a grasshopper, always jumping from one project or hobby to the next. He was also an accomplished artist, working in just about every medium.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda and their seven children, Richard Harton, Thomas Harton, Tamra (Knapp) Bessette, Shawn Knapp and Tara (Knapp) Himes and two children from a previous marriage, Kim (Knapp) Somora and Robert Knapp, Jr.; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beryl Ivell and Brenda Sereday and three brothers, James Randolph, Lynn Walheim and Carl Walheim.
Visitation will be held Saturday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Hermitage.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, February 22, 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel following visitation.
A television tribute will air Friday, February 21, at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.